Pandya, Kohli trounce New Zealand as India go 1-0 up
India 194-4 (Kohli 85no) beat
New Zealand 190 (Latham 79no) by six wickets
First One-Day International, Dharamsala
A three-wicket haul on debut from Hardik Pandya and an unbeaten 85 from Virat Kohli helped India register a thumping six-wicket win over New Zealand by chasing a target of 191 runs in 33.1 overs in the first One-Day International in Dharamsala.
India won the toss and opted to bowl first. New Zealand lost Martin Guptill (12), Kane Williamson (3) and Ross Taylor (0) in quick succession and were reduced to 42 for three in 10 overs.
Pandya (3-31) then removed Corey Anderson (4) and Luke Ronchi (0) in successive overs as New Zealand ended with half their side dismissed at a score of 48.
As James Neesham (10) and Tom Latham (79 not out) began to stage a rescue from the initial jolt, Kedar Jadhav (2-6) struck twice in the 19th over leaving New Zealand reeling at 65 for seven.
Latham continued to put on a lone fight at one end and completed his fifty, while sharing a 41-run stand with Doug Bracewell (15).
Following Bracewell’s dismissal, Tim Southee (55) arrived and played a wonderful 45-ball 55, hitting six fours and three sixes to boost New Zealand’s total.
Southee fell soon after completing his fifty and New Zealand were eventually bowled out for 190 runs in 43.5 overs with Latham staying unbeaten.
In the chase, India began strongly as Rohit Sharma (14) and Ajinkya Rahane (33) posted a 49-run stand in 9.2 overs. However, New Zealand struck with the wickets of both the openers in quick succession.
Kohli (85 not out) and Manish Pandey (17) took India past the 100-run mark with their 40-run stand. After Pandey’s dismissal in the 20th over, MS Dhoni (21) joined hands with Kohli and kept the chase right on track.
At the half-way mark, India needed 54 runs with seven wickets left. Kohli soon completed his fifty but a mix-up led to Dhoni being run out in the 29th over.
Nevertheless, Kohli did not lose his calm and long with Jadhav (10 not out), he took India past the finishing line in the 34th over with a six down the ground.
This six-wicket win gave India a 1-0 lead in the series. Pandya was the man of the match.
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